i have to say, i'm biased, this game strikes an emotional chord with me. im really into cars and racing. it's 11/10, the best arcade racer i have ever played.
this game requires a gamepad. srsly dont use a keyboard you'll break it. i use a wired xbox 360 conroller.
with that, the main thing about this game is it's gameplay. it is extremely difficult. this is not an easy game to be good at. lap time is king. you will be timed from when you exit the gate to when you have driven through all checckpoints. you will see other players knock in times at the top of leaderboards that you'll scratch your head and say "how in the world did they do that?" this game requires a lot of practice and a lot of crashing into walls to become proficient. at the time of this review, i have 230 hours in trackmania 2 but that is not representative of my skill. i have over 1000 hours in the game before this one, Trackmania Nations Forever. I am an elite player in the north american scene, but i practice mainly on French servers. why, you ask?
the community for this game is focused where real life motor racing is king: europe. I practice in the French scene because the French dirt scene fits my style of play: fast paced, high slip angle rallying with tons of ridiculously difficult jumps. you have to flip through the servers to find a group of maps and people that fit your style of play, and that takes a couple hundred hours.
i want to say: its worth it. if you take the time to become good at drifting at all speeds (at least 500 hours for me) then you will discover a deep, involving gameplay experience that sucks you in and begs you to take that corner just a little bit faster, to drift harder, to look down the road and wonder, "how fast can i REALLY go?" "can i make the bonus jump this time, or will i settle for the regular jump? i need 200 more KPH!"
that is why i love this game. i hope you will too.